American Naomi Parker Fraley, who inspired the iconic World War II-era "Rosie the Riveter" poster that later became an enduring feminist symbol, has died. She was 96 years old. The wartime propaganda poster in punchy primary colors shows...Show More Summary
She was described as “the real Rosie,” although the evidence is largely circumstantial.
This woman was overlooked as the inspiration for the iconic poster.
A woman named Naomi Parker Fraley died this week in a nursing home in Washington State. She was the original Rosie the Riveter, her image a primary-colored symbol of women’s empowerment: We Can Do It!. A New Jersey professor uncovered her...Read more
HMC Ret sends us the sad news that Naomi Parker Fraley has passed at the age of 96. She is believed by some historians to be the original “Rosie the Riveter” of World War II motivational posters. That’s her in the picture above during those years when she worked in a Navy machine shop. The […]
Only a few years after being identified as the source of an American legend, Naomi Parker Fraley dies.
Only recently did she learn that she was the inspiration for the World War II icon.
"Over the years, a welter of American women have been identified as the model for Rosie, the war worker of 1940s popular culture who became a feminist touchstone in the late 20th century. Mrs. Fraley... staked the most legitimate claim of all. But because her claim was eclipsed by another woman's, she went unrecognized […]
Fraley was one of millions of American women who entered the workforce during World War II.
Naomi Parker Fraley, a California waitress who served as the model for Rosie the Riveter, died Saturday in Washington.
Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a Bay Area woman named Naomi Parker Fraley. Over the years, a welter of American women have been identified as the model for Rosie, the female war worker of 1940s popular culture...Show More Summary
Mrs. Fraley’s connection to Rosie was made public in 2016, ending years of speculation over who was the model for the fictional 1940s war worker.
Naomi Parker Fraley passed away at 96.